Bollywood stars send Jiah Khan prayers through social media

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Jiah Khan

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, pictured in this 2012 file photo, has been found dead at her Mumbai home at the age of 25. 2012 File photo. AFP PHOTO/Getty Images

Thoughts and prayers flooded social media after news spread that Bollywood’s “young and so full of life” Jiah Khan has died.

According to Indian news agency, IANs, the 25-year-old British-born actress was found dead at her home in Mumbai’s Juhu neighbourhood late Monday and police reports suggest the young woman commit suicide.

Khan made her Hindi film debut opposite legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in the 2007 film Nishabd, in which she played a teenager in love with her best friend’s father (played by Bachchan). She went on to feature in successful films like Ghajini (2008) and Housefull (2010).

Nishabd director, Ram Gopal Varma, openly expressed his shock and sadness about the starlet’s death on Twitter.

“Choked to hear about Jiah,” he wrote on the social media site. “Never ever seen a debutante (sic) actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in Nishabd.”

“So young and so full of life.”

Varma also said the actress’ work in Nishabd was “highly appreciated.”

“The whole unit of Nishabd was literally in love with Jiah,” he wrote.

According to more of Varma’s tweets, he believed Khan was upset about her career, not having landed a role in the past three years.

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, pictured in this 2012 file photo, has been found dead at her Mumbai home at the age of 25. STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages

Many other Bollywood stars expressed their shock through Twitter as well.

“What has happened… unbelievable,” tweeted her 2007 co-star, Amitabh Bachchan.

“Saddest news,” Chitrangada Singh tweeted. “May God find her a happier place… bless her.. my prayers.”

Anushka Sharma tweeted she was “deeply deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Jiah.”

Even the Bollywood stars who had never met the young actress expressed their condolences.

“I never met Jiah,” Hindi film director Karan Johar admit on Twitter. “But feel terrible to hear this news…so young.”

“My thoughts and prayers with her family and friends.”

Khan was born Nafisa Khan in New York City and grew up in London, U.K. before she moved to Mumbai to pursue her film career.

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